Lisa Eldridge Hosts ‘Make-up: A Glamorous History’

by | Apr 27, 2021

What were you watching on Tuesday at 9pm?

British Beauty Council Advisory Board Member Lisa Eldridge is the host of BBC Two’s 3-part docuseries ‘Make-up: A Glamorous History’, which airs at 9pm on Tuesdays.


Episode One: Georgian Britain


The first episode aired on Tuesday 20th April, and explored Georgian Britain. In this episode, Lisa explores how Georgians used make-up to portray their standing in society, their overall look would take time, money and skill. The BBC explain that “the sheer glamour of the high Georgians was no accident; it is a style that owes its origins to the turbulent history of the age. The 18th century was a period of massive ostentation, matched by staggering inequality – ending in parts of Europe with bloodshed and revolution”.



Catch-up on episode one here.


Episode Two: Victorian Britain


In the second episode, airing 27th April at 9pm, Lisa delves into Victorian Britain. In the show’s synopsis, it’s explained that the Victorian’s frowned upon the use of makeup, instead women were expected to reflect their ‘inner purity’ through being naturally beautiful. This desire for natural beauty leads Lisa into a world of illusion, describing natural makeup as “the ultimate magic trick”.



Catch-up on episode two, after it’s aired, here.


Episode Three: Britain in the Roaring 20s


The Roaring 20s, a decade Lisa describes as her favourite. The BBC explain that “this is the moment when modern makeup as we know it arrived in women’s handbags, and it is no coincidence that it appeared at a moment of huge change in British society. WWI and the global flu pandemic were over. Women were entering the work-force and could now make choices about how they wanted to look and how they spent their money”.


Episode three will air on Tuesday 4th May at 9pm on BBC Two.

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